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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 15 24 24 15 78 SAN ANTONIO 22 26 13 18 79 FINAL


NEW JERSEY (78) AT SAN ANTONIO (79)

NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GILL F 37 5-12 1-2 0 7 7 0 3 1 1 11 VAN HORN F 26 2-9 4-5 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 8 CAGE C 36 1-3 0-0 6 5 11 0 3 4 1 2 KITTLES G 35 5-13 3-4 3 2 5 0 3 1 1 15 CASSELL G 32 4-16 11-12 1 3 4 4 3 2 5 19 DOUGLAS 16 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 4 0 0 2 2 GATLING 20 2-10 4-4 1 1 2 1 5 2 3 8 VAUGHN 13 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 2 HARRIS 15 0-4 2-2 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 EVANS 10 3-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 24-78 27-31 16 21 37 11 23 13 15 78 (.308) (.871) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(13 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

C PERSON F 32 4-13 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 1 3 11 DUNCAN F 37 5-14 3-6 5 10 15 4 5 0 9 13 ROBINSON C 35 7-14 5-8 4 12 16 2 3 2 3 19 DEL NEGRO G 46 7-14 3-3 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 17 GEARY G 18 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 0 JACKSON 32 3-6 1-2 0 2 2 6 4 0 3 8 W PERDUE 9 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 M WILLIAMS 16 2-2 2-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 6 HERRERA 5 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROSE 10 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 4 BURTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JOHNSON DNP - RIGHT HIP INJURY

TOTALS 240 30-66 15-25 12 29 41 23 23 6 24 79 (.455) (.600) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 25(22 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 15 24 24 15 - 78 SAN ANTONIO 22 26 13 18 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - CAGE 2. SAN ANTONIO - ROBINSON 6, DUNCAN 5, C PERSON, W PERDUE, HERRERA, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-7 (.429), GILL 0-1, KITTLES 2-3, CASSELL 0-1, EVANS 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 4-13 (.308), C PERSON 3-10, JACKSON 1-3. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - HEAD COACH CALIPARI. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DICK BAVETTA, KEN MAUER. A - 15,204. T - 2:27.


NEW JERSEY (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 37 5-12 1-2 0-7 0 3 11 Van Horn 26 2-9 4-5 1-1 1 1 8 Cage 36 1-3 0-0 6-11 0 3 2 Kittles 35 5-13 3-4 3-5 0 3 15 Cassell 32 4-16 11-12 1-4 4 3 19 Douglas 16 1-4 0-0 2-3 4 0 2 Gatling 20 2-10 4-4 1-2 1 5 8 Vaughn 13 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 3 2 Harris 15 0-4 2-2 1-1 1 2 2 Evans 10 3-4 2-2 0-0 0 0 9 Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 24-78 27-31 16-37 11 23 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.308, FT-.871. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Gill 0-1, Kittles 2-3, Cassell 0-1, Evans 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Cage 2). Turnovers: 17 (Cassell 5, Gatling 3, Douglas 2, Cage, Evans, Gill, Kittles, Van Horn). Steals: 13 (Cage 4, Cassell 2, Gatling 2, Evans, Gill, Harris, Kittles, Vaughn).

SAN ANTONIO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Person 32 4-13 0-0 0-3 4 1 11 Duncan 37 5-14 3-6 5-15 4 5 13 Robinson 35 7-14 5-8 4-16 2 3 19 Del Negro 46 7-14 3-3 1-2 3 2 17 Geary 18 0-1 0-0 0-1 3 3 0 Jackson 32 3-6 1-2 0-2 6 4 8 W Perdue 9 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 1 1 M Williams 16 2-2 2-2 1-1 1 0 6 Herrera 5 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 Rose 10 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 Burton DNP - coach's decision Johnson DNP - right hip injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-66 15-25 12-41 23 23 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (C Person 3-10, Jackson 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 15 (Robinson 6, Duncan 5, C Person, W Perdue, Herrera, Rose). Turnovers: 25 (Duncan 9, C Person 3, Jackson 3, Robinson 3, Del Negro 2, Rose 2, Geary, M Williams). Steals: 6 (Robinson 2, C Person, Del Negro, Geary, Rose). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 15 24 24 15 - 78 San Antonio 22 26 13 18 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Head Coach Calipari, 3:39 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,204. T: 2:27. Officials: Bill Spooner, Dick Bavetta, Ken Mauer.


GAME RECAP

David Robinson's left-handed lay-in at the buzzer lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a 79-78 victory over New Jersey, handing the Nets their sixth straight loss.

Chris Gatling hit a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left as New Jersey grabbed a 78-77 lead. San Antonio called timeout and took the ball out at halfcourt, but Tim Duncan missed a foul-line jumper and Robinson could not put in the rebound. But the Nets knocked the ball out of bounds in the right corner, giving the Spurs possession with 1.1 seconds left.

Chuck Person, at the bottom of the right sideline, rifled a long bounce pass to Robinson in the lane. Robinson, who appeared to benefit from a slightly delayed start to the game clock, took a dribble in the middle of the lane and fought off David Vaughn and Michael Cage before laying the ball in on the left side of the hoop as the buzzer sounded.

"We had to come down and make it happen," Robinson said. "Chuck made a great play with a pass that led me right into my shot. That's as exciting as it gets. We needed something that would get us going. Tonight, we had opportunities to get on top of them, but we didn't. We really needed something exciting, like that play, to happen."

"They were guarding toward the baseline," Person observed. "I knew I had David open after he came off the Tim (Duncan) screen. I got the pass under Michael Cage's arm and David did the rest."

Cage felt the clock operator was behind.

"I thought it was a long one second," the 13-year veteran said. "He turned, he spun, took a dribble and fumbled it. I was really surprised how long it took. It's a tough play and an even tougher way to lose a ball game after playing so well. We had so many people come in and give us a lift tonight, so it's tough to lose this way."

The undermanned Nets, without injured centers Jayson Williams and Rony Seikaly, were outmanned in the middle by Robinson and Duncan, but managed to stay in the game courtesy of point guard Sam Cassell, who scored all 19 of his points in the second half. Robinson finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds while Duncan, who leads the NBA with 42 double-doubles, added 13 and 15.

Vinny Del Negro added 17 points for San Antonio, which overcame the loss of point guard Avery Johnson, who missed his first game of the season with a right hip injury.

Del Negro explained what he saw on the final play.

"It worked perfectly," he said. "Chuck made a great pass and David did an excellent job of sealing off his man. With 1.1 seconds left, there's not a lot of room for error."

"They executed the play very well," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It worked as planned. They don't always work, but tonight it worked well. The play before that worked well, too. We just missed the shot."

Kerry Kittles scored 15 points and Cage grabbed 11 rebounds for the Nets, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games. New Jersey lost its fourth straight road game, falling to 12-19 away from home this season. The Nets had 15 shots blocked, including six by Robinson and five by Duncan, and shot a dismal 31 percent (24-of-78) from the field, compared to San Antonio's 46 percent (30-of-66).

"This makes six of these," said Nets coach John Calipari, whose team lost its second one-point game of the slide and has two- and three-point defeats in the skid. "We have to win one of these to get it going. I felt so good coming into this game and that's why I was so disappointed at the half (a 48-39 deficit). I wasn't sure these guys really understood what was at stake for us tonight -- our survival."

The Nets have fallen from Miami's main competition for the Atlantic Division title into an eighth-place tie with the Washington Wizards for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Nets are 1-2 against Washington this season, meaning New Jersey would be out of the playoffs if the season were over.

Besides the injuries, New Jersey's Keith Van Horn is playing with a broken toe that limited him to eight points and one rebound in just 26 minutes.

"We don't communicate well at all out there," said Calipari. "I can't get them to talk and I don't understand why. If I could just get them to talk, we could do so much more out there. But tonight we shot 30 percent from the field and made some mistakes, but we were still up by one point with one second left on the clock."

"I'm tired of coming up short," said Cassell. "We always give a good effort, but I want a "W" in the win column and not another "L". This was a tough loss, an emotional loss. The doctors told me not to play in the second half but I had to go out there and do everything that I could to to put us in position to win the game."

Robinson's free throw with 8:02 remaining gave the Spurs a 68-67 lead. Del Negro hit a jumper and Robinson added a pair of free throws to make it 72-67 with 7:06 left. Cassell made two from the line -- he was 11-of-12 -- to close the Nets within three points, but Jaren Jackson, who had eight points and tied a career high with six assists, dunked to extend San Antonio's lead to six points at the 3:45 mark.

Kittles hit a jumper and Cassell made a free throw as the Nets sliced the deficit back to 75-72 with just over three minutes left. Del Negro hit a six-footer at 1:49, but Brian Evans made two free throws with 1:10 remaining and Cassell closed the Nets within 77-76 by hitting a jumper with 34.3 seconds left. Duncan missed a pair of free throws with 14.6 seconds left before Gatling was fouled driving the lane.

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